A Kiss for the Petals developed by St. Michaels and published in English by MangaGamer is a yuri, or girl-girl love, slice of life visual novel focused on the retelling of how the visual novel’s main characters first met. Most of the events in the visual novel happen at the girls-only school known as St. Michaels.
Learning about how Risa Azumi and her girlfriend Miya Ayase first met when Miya transferred to the school during their first year of high school is quite interesting. Contrary to how they are now, they weren’t always that way, and their personalities end up clashing in a way that was unexpected after experiencing the visual novel’s opening scene. There are plenty of ensuing laughs to be had though and it definitely keeps you into it, which is likely why the ending may be a bit perplexing for many.
Not because it’s particularly bad or anything, it’s just that it comes unexpectedly. Just as you’re really settling into the story, it’s over. It definitely leaves you wishing there was more, but not in a good way. It was hard not to feel like the visual novel missed an opportunity to flesh out the characters a bit more. You get small hints as to why they are how they are, but the visual novel never really gives you any real look into their personal life. This is especially frustrating when it comes to Miya, since it’s made painfully obvious that all of the choices she makes, even down to transferring to St. Michaels to begin with, are because of a reason that is only mentioned in a few vague lines.
Art wise, A Kiss for the Petals does well enough. It’s nothing spectacular, but far from bad. The sprites shine in particular. The soundtrack also isn’t mind blowing, but it gets the job done. Kiss Me With a Smile in particular really stood out. The voice acting is also solid.
As mentioned, A Kiss for the Petals is fairly short. You’ll likely finish it in a few hours, and once it’s done, it’s done. This is because it’s completely linear with no branching routes or anything like that, which in turn means it sadly has little replay value.
In the end, A Kiss for the Petals is quite literally, as the subtitle implies, about how two people first met and not much more. In that regard, A Kiss for the Petals delivers spectacularly, but it just makes you wonder what it could have been if that subtitle had even just been “Remembering How We Got To This Point” instead. Even so, it’s nice to see yuri visual novels get a chance in the west. Hopefully they keep coming.
A copy of A Kiss for the Petals: Remembering How We Met was provided by the publisher to facilitate this review.